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I recently bought tartar sauce instead of cream of tartar as my recipe said. The thing is I can't decide if tartar sauce is the same thing as cream of tartar.

Please advise whether I can use this as a substitute or if there are other substitutes or a recipe for cream of tartar.

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    Most excellent error! Tartar sauce belongs on fish sticks. Cream of tartar in egg whites you plan to whip. – Wayfaring Stranger Jun 24 '15 at 23:38
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    @WayfaringStranger Is meringue not supposed to have little green lumps in it, then? – David Richerby Jun 25 '15 at 12:59
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Cream of Tartar is potassium bitartrate in the form of powder. It is acidic, and is used in cooking mainly to stabilise meringue.

Tartare sauce is a mayonnaise-based sauce made using cornichons, capers, and tarragon or dill. It is usually served with seafood.

The two items are completely different and cannot be substituted one for the other.

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    Like JavaScript and Java. No wait, wrong stackexchange... – iamnotmaynard Jun 24 '15 at 17:18
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    @iamnotmaynard More like Javascript and a cat. Javascript and Java are at least both programming languages; Cream of Tartar and Tartar sauce aren't even in the same category of things. – David Richerby Jun 24 '15 at 22:25
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    @DavidRicherby Sometimes, both cats and Javascript don't play nicely :( – Ming Jun 25 '15 at 4:36
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Substitutes for cream of tartar:

For stablizing egg whites - lemon juice or white vinegar use equal amount.

For leavening - replace cream of tartar and baking soda with baking powder. 1 tsp. baking powder = 1/3 tsp. baking soda + 2/3 tsp. cream of tartar.

  • it's also used to aid sugar inversion, when the lemon juice will work; and in sherbets, in which case citric or malic acid will work. – Dannie Jun 3 at 11:59
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Another good substitute for cream of tartar is a little pinch of salt, especially for stabilizing egg whites. Enjoy!

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    Sorry, but it is not a substitute in any case, not even in egg whites. You can add salt to them, but it won't have the same effect chemically speaking, so it doesn't stabilize the foam. You can use acids or metal ions (beating in a pure copper bowl) but not salt. – rumtscho Jun 28 '15 at 11:48

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